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I am an SAP HANA and BW/4HANA certified consultant with 11 years of experience in the field of Analytics and Business Intelligence. My areas of expertise are SAP Data Warehousing, Data Modeling, ETL, and Analytics Reporting. I am an alumnus of the top 3 SAP consulting companies such as Capgemini, Accenture, IBM, and had a great stint with all of them for more than 8 years.

Throughout my career, I have primarily worked on multiple SAP Analytics Solutions using SAP HANA, BW4HANA, and SAP BW  implementation projects across various industry verticals. In addition to being a Subject Matter Expert in SAP HANA, SAP BW, and BW/4HANA, I also had the opportunity to work in areas/tools such as BW Integrated Planning, ABAP CDS Views, SAP BO, SAP SLT and SAP HANA EIM (SDI & SDQ).

Background Story

In January 2020, I came to Canada with great hope and excitement of starting a new life in a new country, after getting the Canadian permanent residency through the express entry system. It all started when my wife scored well in IELTS (Lucky ME!) and we ended up having a very good CRS score. My IELTS score further boosted our CRS score from good to great and we were confident enough of getting the ITA in the next draw right after our profile submission. I understand, by now some people might be wondering about these new terminologies like express entry, CRS, ITA - to know more about them in detail - Click Here!

 

Coming back to my story, other than a few initial hiccups and delays here and there, most parts of our express entry journey were pretty smooth and we didn't have to wait too long for getting the PR Visa's stamped on our passports. For us, the processing time was so fast, that the average wait time for getting the PR approval after document submission was 6 to 12 months, whereas we got ours in just 78 days. I think the faster processing time should be attributed to the detailed documentation that I had provided to the IRCC. Generally, if you ask any express entry candidate, they might agree that getting the PR approval would be the hardest part of the whole express entry journey. But in our case, we passed the first hurdle with flying colors and I believed getting a job must be a walk in the park for me with my skillset and experience. I didn't know then what fate had in store for me.

 

Once again, my initial transition from my home country India to Canada went really smooth and in no time I started getting interview calls from some prospective employers. Then one day all of a sudden the Covid19 pandemic happened, when I was on the verge of securing an offer from one of the "Big 5 SAP Consulting" firms. Abruptly everything came to a standstill and I was left jobless in a new country. Companies lost revenues, businesses were shut down, people were laid off and I was no exception.

 

At the outset, I was perplexed and didn't have a clear idea of how to approach the situation. Then as days passed on, I started focussing on the problem rather than worrying about the situation and thereby addressing the situation. I studied for 5 to 6 hours a day for 3 months straight. I strengthened and broadened my knowledge on SAP HANA, SAP BW, BW/4HANA, SAP Analytics Cloud, S/4HANA Embedded Analytics and I have also learned new technologies like SAP Embedded BPC, ABAP, and Microsoft Power BI. Besides that, now I also got SAP certified in BW/4HANA 2.x (double certifications) and SAP Analytics Cloud.

 

Subsequently, I am planning to start a YouTube channel and write technical blog posts to share my knowledge on SAP HANA, BW/4HANA, S/4HANA Embedded Analytics, and SAP Analytics Cloud to others. As a first step, I have created this website to own a platform for publishing my blog posts. Stay tuned on this space for more details on the same.

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